Careers for Economics Graduates

Skills of Economics Majors

The fundamental objective of the economics program is to teach students a method of reasoning and to demonstrate its application to economic issues throughout the world. Upon graduation, economics majors are:

  • well versed in the major domestic and international economic phenomena;
  • able to explain these phenomena using the analytical tools invoked by practicing economists;
  • able to conduct research on and analysis of policy and business issues rigorously and creatively;
  • able to evaluate critically the economic research of others;
  • effective writers and speakers; and
  • exceptionally well prepared for graduate study in law, management, or public policy.

Occupational Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an annual report on the career options for Economists in the American economy in its Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Careerthoughts.com created a page designed to help economics majors identify careers that are relevant to their field of study: http://careerthoughts.com/economics-majors

Students find that the major provides an excellent stepping stone for jobs in the private sector, including careers in:

  • Investment banker
  • Financial analyst
  • Insurance broker
  • Consultant
  • Economic analyst
  • Statistician
  • Trade specialist
  • Professor
  • Trade researcher
  • Business management
  • Department of Commerce
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Department of Labor
  • Treasury Department
  • Department of Agriculture

Past Georgetown Economics majors have gone on to graduate school and are now professors at Boston College, Boston University, University of Oregon, Penn State, University of Rochester, Rutgers, University of Wisconsin, Yale, and other schools. The list of non-academic institutions that hire PhD economists includes most government agencies, international organizations (e.g., The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund), and various research/consulting firms.

For More Information

For information about career options, internships and full-time opportunities contact the Cawley Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202/687-3493). For more information about the major and degree requirements contact the Department of Economics at 580 ICC, (202/687-5830).